UNC Football Bio


Speedy receiver with a penchant for scoring touchdowns • A deep threat who continues to work on his consistency.

2012 – Senior Season
Caught one pass for seven yards in the loss at Wake Forest • Scored his 13th career touchdown in the season opener against Elon, a 35-yard reception.

2011 – Junior Season
Finished with 14 catches for 292 yards and five scores • Averaged a team-high 20.9 yards per reception • Also a frequent running option on end around plays, carrying seven times for 56 yards • Had three receptions for 95 yards in the Independence Bowl vs. Missouri, including a 44-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter • Caught two passes for 24 yards in the win over Wake Forest • Had his most productive game of the season at Clemson, finishing with three receptions for 95 yards and two scores • Had a 33-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and a 58-yard scoring catch in the second quarter • Finished with 22 receiving yards against Miami, 11 on a second-quarter catch and 11 on a last-second lateral • Rushed three times for 34 yards and had an 11-yard touchdown reception in the win at East Carolina • Caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown against Virginia • Also rushed one time for 14 yards against the Cavaliers • Finished with a 15-yard reception and a 9-yard rush in the season opener against James Madison • Was ranked No. 7 on ESPN.com’s “Freak List” as one of the top workout warriors in college football • According to then-UNC strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski, Boyd’s score of 312 in the Max Jones Quad would rank him as the 22nd all-time best score among the world’s elite track and field athletes • Boyd’s Max Jones Quad score is based on his 30-meter dash time (3.3), his three jump distance of 34-6, his overhead throw of a 16-pound shot for 56-5 and a 10-11 standing long jump.

2010 – Sophomore Season
Appeared in all 13 games and started at Duke, finishing the regular season with 14 catches for 310 yards and three touchdowns • Also ran the ball 10 times for 62 yards • Had one carry for seven yards vs. Tennessee • Had one reception for 14 yards in the win at Duke • Also had two carries for 41 yards, including a season-long rush of 37 yards • Had a 1-yard carry against Virginia Tech • Caught one pass against William & Mary • Rushed for one yard at Miami and three yards at Virginia • Had two receptions for 14 yards and his third touchdown of the season against Clemson • Had one catch – a 25-yard touchdown – in the East Carolina win • Caught three balls for 37 yards and rushed three times for 11 yards in the win at Rutgers • Had one of the greatest receiving days in school history against LSU, finishing with six receptions for 221 yards and a 97-yard touchdown • The 97-yard TD was the longest play from scrimmage in UNC history, breaking a record that had stood since 1891 • Was just the fourth Tar Heel to top 200 receiving yards in a game.

2009 – Freshman Season
True freshman who played in 12 games and became an important weapon on offense as the season progressed • Finished the year with 12 receptions for 214 yards and four touchdowns • Averaged a team-best 17.8 yards per catch • Also rushed for 130 yards and a TD on 20 carries • Had one catch for four yards against Pitt in the Meineke Car Care Bowl • Caught two passes for a career-best 105 yards and two touchdowns at NC State • Pulled in TD grabs of 35 and 70 yards in the first half against the Wolfpack • Also rushed for 13 yards on four carries versus NCSU • Had one reception and one carry at Boston College • Rushed for a season-best 31 yards on two carries against Miami • Found the end zone for the second straight game with a 3-yard run versus Duke • Carried twice for six yards against the Blue Devils • Scored second career touchdown on a 13-yard reception at Virginia Tech • Also rushed twice for 10 yards against the Hokies • Had a season-best 21-yard carry against Florida State • Posted two receptions for 14 yards and added a 12-yard run against Georgia Southern • Caught two passes for 12 yards and carried twice for seven yards against Virginia • Caught two passes for five yards at Georgia Tech • First career catch was a 59-yard touchdown reception against East Carolina • Also rushed for 16 yards against the Pirates • Carried the ball twice against The Citadel for 25 yards.

Gastonia High School
SuperPrep All-America • Played in the Under Armour High School All-America game • Considered the No. 3 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer, SuperPrep and Rivals.com • Played on North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming’s All-America team • Ranked the No. 48 player in the country by Rivals.com • Member of the Rivals 100 • Considered one of ESPN.com’s top 150 prospects in the country and the No. 6 wide receiver • Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100 • Ranked the No. 2 deep threat and No. 4 best after catch by Rivals.com • Also named the country’s No. 3 athlete by Rivals.com • Member of PrepStar’s Dream Team • Posted 103 receptions for 1,965 yards and 19 TDs over his last two seasons • Coached by Mike Briggs • All-state track standout who competed in the 100m, 200m and on relay teams.

Son of Hope Whitely • His uncle is former Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson • Born Nov. 16, 1989 • Communication studies major.

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